Veteran running back Jeremy Hill has a new team after spending 2019 away from football. Hill, who was Cincinnati Bengals’ second-round pick in 2014, signed a deal with Las Vegas Raiders.
Hill confirmed the news himself on Sunday via social media post.
Most recently, Hill played with New England Patriots in 2018. He suited up only once for the franchise, tearing his ACL against Houston Texans in Week 1 and spending the rest of the season on the injured reserve list.
Raiders most likely brought in Hill to increase the competition in the backfield after Devontae Booker landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The 27-year-old player is expected to receive a chance to fight for one of the backup roles in training camp, although his chances of making the final roster cut are reportedly slim.
Jeremy Hill had a great start of his NFL career, rushing for 1,124 yards and nine touchdowns in his rookie year while leading the league in touchdowns with 11 in 2015. However, an ankle injury and the emergence of Joe Mixon in 2017 caused Hill to be deemed surplus in Cincinnati, and the organization opted not to extend his rookie deal.